The Seven Deadly Sins (manga)

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The Seven Deadly Sins
Nanatsu no Taizai Volume 1.png
First volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, released in Japan by Kodansha on February 15, 2013.
七つの大罪
(Nanatsu no Taizai)
GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy
Manga
Written byNakaba Suzuki
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runOctober 10, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
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The Seven Deadly Sins
Nanatsu no Taizai Volume 1.png
First volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, released in Japan by Kodansha on February 15, 2013.
七つの大罪
(Nanatsu no Taizai)
GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy
Manga
Written byNakaba Suzuki
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runOctober 10, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

The Seven Deadly Sins (七つの大罪 Nanatsu no Taizai?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2012, with the chapters collected into seven tankōbon volumes as of February 17, 2013. The manga features a setting similar to the European Middle Ages, with its titular group of knights representing the seven deadly sins.

The series has been licensed by Kodansha Comics USA for English publication in North America, while the chapters are released digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan.

Plot[edit]

The Seven Deadly Sins were once an active group of knights in the region of Britannia (ブリタニア Buritania?), who disbanded after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the Lyonesse Kingdom (リオネス王国 Rionesu Ōkoku?). Their supposed defeat came at the hands of the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that they were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged a coup d'état and capture the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. The third princess, Elizabeth, then starts on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins, and to enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.

Characters[edit]

Meliodas (メリオダス Meriodasu?)

The leader of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Sin of Wrath with the symbol of the Dragon. He is the main protagonist and owner of the Boar Hat (豚の帽子亭?) bar. Despite having the appearance of a child, Meliodas is actually a lot older and very powerful. His most distinctive trait is his Dragon symbol carved at the top of his arm, just below his shoulders.

Elizabeth Lyonesse (エリザベス・リオネス Erizabesu Rionesu?)

The Third Princess of the Kingdom of Lyonesse who, along with Meliodas, is searching for the Seven Deadly Sins in order to fight against the Holy Knights. She is a main protagonist and becomes a waitress at the Boar Hat bar when she begins traveling with Meliodas.

Hawk (ホーク Hōku?)

A talking pig and Meliodas's companion. He is introduced as the cleaner of the Boar Hat bar who helps clean the disgusting food scraps.

Hawk's Mother (ホークママ Hōku Mama?)

Hawk's mom who transports the Boar Hat bar. She is introduced to live underground and transports the bar Boar Hat with her head. So far, her name remains unknown.

Seven Deadly Sins[edit]

The Seven Deadly Sins (七つの大罪 Nanatsu no Taizai?) were once the supposed strongest and cruelest order of knights in the kingdom formed by brutal criminals, they are currently branded as traitors of Britannia due to being framed for assassinating Zaratras, the Great Holy Knight. It is suspected that one of the members in the Seven Deadly Sins could be a traitor who helped plot the trickery.

Diane (ディアンヌ Diannu?)

Diane is the Sin of Envy with the symbol of the Serpent, and is also a member of the Giants' Clan. After being found by Meliodas and Elizabeth to have been hiding in the Forest of White Dreams, she joins them.

Ban (バン?)

Ban is the Sin of Greed with the symbol of the Fox. When introduced, he was imprisoned in the Baste Dungeon, and after it was destroyed, like Diane, joined Meliodas. He is also immortal due to having drunk the water from the Faries' Fountain of Youth. He is known as the Sin of Greed due to his supposed greed for immortality, after he took on the blame of the fountain's guardian, Elaine's death, and the burning of the forest where it was located.

King (キング Kingu?)

King is the Sin of Sloth with the symbol of the Grizzly bear. He, being the brother of the Fairies' Fountain of Youth's guardian, Elaine, came to believe that Ban had killed her, and thus wanted revenge. After discovering the truth, he also joins Meliodas and the rest.

Gowther (ゴウセル Gouseru?)

Gowther is the Sin of Lust with the symbol of the Goat. He is introduced as a man living in a poor village with kids as his friends.

Merlin (マーリン Mārin?)

Merlin is the Sin of Gluttony with the symbol of the Boar. According to Gowther's memory, she was the one who knocked Meliodas unconscious when they were framed as traitors for reason yet to be revealed.

Escanor (エスカノール Esukanōru?)

Escanor is the Sin of Pride with unknown symbol. Only his wanted poster was seen so far and he has yet to make an appearance.

Holy Knights[edit]

The Holy Knights (聖騎士 Seikishi?) are the most powerful knights in Britannia who protect the kingdom, being terrifying individuals who are each able to match an entire country's army in strength. Sometime before the beginning of the series, the Holy Knights orchestrated a coup d'état and captured the king of Lyonesse. The kingdom, now under the control of the Holy Knights, fell into a state of distress as citizens from towns and villages surrounding the kingdom were enslaved or forcefully recruited into joining a furtive war effort; the men trained as soldiers, while women and children forced to amass food for storage, and the elderly made to construct castle walls. Under the rule of the Holy Knights, death is the penalty for insubordination.

Zaratras (ザラトラス Zaratorasu ?)

He was the Great Holy Knight of the kingdom before being assassinated for an unknown reason, with the Seven Deadly sins being framed for the murder. He was once the strongest of the Holy Knights before his death ten years prior to the beginning of the series. He is the father of the Holy Knight, Gilthunder.

Gilthunder (ギルサンダー Girusandā?)

A Holy Knight with magic that allows him to generate and manipulate lightning. He is the son of the deceased Great Holy Knight, Zaratras, and desires revenge for his father's death.

Geera (ギーラ Gīra?)

A Holy Knight who killed herself to access the Capital of the Dead. She is a very dedicated knight who is so faithful that she killed herself in order to chase Elizabeth and the Seven Deadly Sins who entered the Capital of the Dead. She is extremely confident in her abilities and strength. This shown through how fearless she is when she takes on both Diane and Meliodas together at once.

Release[edit]

Written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki, The Seven Deadly Sins began as a one-shot pilot chapter published on November 22, 2011 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine's 52 issue of the year.[1] The manga started serialization in the magazine's 45 issue of 2012, released on October 10, 2012. It currently consists of over 50 chapters, which have been collected into 7 tankōbon volumes as of February 17, 2014.[2] A special issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, published on October 19, 2013, featured a small crossover between The Seven Deadly Sins and Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail, where each artist drew a yonkoma (four-panel comic) of the other's series.[3] An actual crossover chapter between the two ran in the magazine's combined 4/5 issue of 2014, which was released on December 25, 2013.[4]

The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Kodansha Comics USA, who will publish the first volume on March 11, 2014.[5][6] As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries.[7][8]

Reception[edit]

The six volumes of The Seven Deadly Sins have printed a reported 2.1 million copies.[9] The first collected volume of the series sold 38,581 copies in its first week, ranking number 13 on the Oricon manga chart.[10] Its second volume ranked 5 selling 106,829 in its first week,[11] while its third debuted at number 4 with 135,164 copies.[12] The seventh volume had the manga's best debut week to date, selling 180,407 for second place on the chart.[13] The 2014 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, which surveys people in the manga and publishing industry, named The Seven Deadly Sins the fifth best manga series for male readers.[14] The title is currently nominated for the 2014 Manga Taishō award.[15] In a brief review, Jason Thompson claimed that the series follows common shōnen manga elements, making its plot twists and dialog predictable. He did however like the art and the series' European setting.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No.52 2011年11月22日(火)発売" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  2. ^ "七つの大罪(7)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  3. ^ "鈴木央が「FAIRY TAIL」、真島ヒロが「七つの大罪」を執筆" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins Get Crossover 1-Shot Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Kodansha Comics Adds UQ Holder, Seven Deadly Sins Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  6. ^ "The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  7. ^ "CRUNCHYROLL LAUNCHES "CRUNCHYROLL MANGA" DIGITAL COMIC PLATFORM". Crunchyroll. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  8. ^ "Crunchyroll to Simultaneously Offer Kodansha Manga in 170 Countries". Anime News Network. 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  9. ^ Mentioned in The Seven Deadly Sins chapter 60.
  10. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 11-17". Anime News Network. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  11. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 15-21". Anime News Network. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  12. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 17-23". Anime News Network. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  13. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 17-23". Anime News Network. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  14. ^ "Top Manga Ranked by Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2014 Voters". Anime News Network. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  15. ^ "10 Titles Nominated for 7th Manga Taisho Awards". Anime News Network. 2014-01-20. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  16. ^ "House of 1000 Manga - Crunchyroll Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 

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